December 2019 NewsletterKit Wertz2018-12-17T10:13:16+00:00
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Hydrangeas and Ranunculus blooms make up this simple vase design that is great for a winter white floral display. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
December 2018 News
Last Minute Holiday Gifts — Ideas for the Flower Lover
Fun Etching Flower-Themed Book — Available Online or in Stores
Scratch away the lines in Artful Etching: Midnight Garden to reveal the colorful flora and fauna hidden in the darkness. Etch the ten scenes in the book using the included tool to reveal colorful animals and flowers, resulting in gorgeous artworks. All the etching pages have outlines to follow, and it’s up to you to decide how much detail to reveal! An introductory section describes how to etch the scenes for the best results, and examples of finished pieces are included for reference.
Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden — UncommonGoods.com
Here’s the dirt on windowsill gardening: All you need is this mason jar kit, a little water, and a sunny spot to grow perfect pansies, zinnias, or English daisies without soil. The charmingly packaged kit lets you grow beautiful, edible blooms indoors year-round with no replanting and minimal maintenance. The reusable, vintage-inspired lavender jar is equipped with a passive hydroponic “wicking” system, which brings water and nutrients up to the plant’s roots and protects your flowers from over or under-watering. It’s a great, green gift for aspiring gardeners, home chefs, and apartment dwellers. Designed by Sarah Burrows and Nick Behr; assembled in Illinois.
Soap Petals — World Market
Our delicate soap petals come in the shape of realistic rosebuds. Place in your favorite dish or apothecary jar to fragrance your bathroom, or use a few petals for single-use hand washing.
Copper Geo Terrarium — World Market
With panes of glass set against a metal frame, the faceted copper terrarium is an eye-catching display case or home for your terrarium plant. Use moss filler and white ledge rocks for added natural appeal.
Flower Pot Bread Making Kit — Terrain
Recreate your favorite bread from terrain’s Garden Cafe with this clever kit, which includes four terracotta baking pots plus the dry ingredients to make our flower pot bread and lavender butter.
- A terrain exclusive
— Kit includes 4 terracotta baking pots and dry ingredients
— Ingredients: wheat flour, granulated sugar, coarse salt, yeast, lavender
— Additional items required: butter, parchment paper
— Baking time: 45 minutes
— Full instructions may be found at farmsteady.com/terrain
— Makes 4 bread pots
Edible Organic Flower Petals — Terrain
Packaged in small batches on the island of Nantucket by Fare Isle founder Kaity and her husband Jacob, these organic flower petals are perfect to freeze into ice cubes, use in cake decorating, finish cocktail rims, infuse into salt and tea blends, and added to smoothies.
Chinoiserie Vases — Terrain
An updated version of traditional Chinese vessels, these curved vases feature lush blue floral patterns that will add depth to any setting.
Small: 4.75”H, 6.25”W, 4” base diameter, 1.88” opening
Large: 9.5”H, 6.5”W, 3” base diameter, 2.25” opening
This old-fashioned steel mug with an enamel finish features colorful illustrations of wildflowers in every shape and size.
This Month’s Free Online Floral Class
Free Class of the Month — Holiday Gift Boxes
Check out how to make cute gift boxes! These have been our hottest corporate holiday party design this season!
This is part of our ongoing Flower Arranging Friday series you can subscribe to for a low monthly fee! You’ll receive downloads of the supplies used in each class, step-by-step video instruction and lots of tips along the way!
A Full Bouquet of Lessons one Stem-At-A-Time
Our Flower Arranging Fridays series is a perfectly-sized approach to learning the art of floral design. With each mini-class, we’ll show you a truly useful floral design technique in a current event floral design style. This class series will keep you wondering what we’ll show you next!
As part of each class, you’ll receive:
1. A downloadable PDF list of supplies including the flower recipe.
2. Easy-to-follow mini video lessons so you’ll never have to rewind the video to see a step again.
3. Tips and florist secrets to help you be a successful floral arranger!
The article talks about how British florists enjoy easy shipping imports of flowers from around the world via the largest floral auction in the world which is located in The Netherlands. Since the vote to leave the European Union, there is a lot of uncertainty and florists state that people are scared so they are not spending as much on flowers. The floral trade has been hurt by this vote and will continue to be hurt if Britain is treated as an importing country.
The article quote states: “The Dutch Flower Group imports some 350 million euros a year (about $400 million) into the United Kingdom, roughly half from the Netherlands. In recent months, the company’s chief financial officer, Harry Brockhoff, has met with British and European officials to urge them to maintain the status quo. If Britain hangs on to European rules, he argues, then flowers crossing the channel should require no additional checks. If it doesn’t, the British government will need to rebuild the capacity it had before it entered what is now known as the European Union in 1973, resuming its own customs and so-called phytosanitary checks of the flowers.”
Bottom line, the worst that could happen is the free-flow of flowers from the Dutch Auction into the UK will go back to having flowers imported and inspected at the port of entry. In the United States, we deal with this often. Sometimes it means a type of flower will be stopped at the port of entry. We may not get a load of Brunia in Miami because it does not pass inspection. All the more reason to use flowers that are locally grown as often as possible and to have a backup plan for the locally grown substitute if the imported flowers don’t make it into the country. It’s easy for us to say since we are surrounded by many wonderful farms in California.
Slow Flowers Summit — Early Bird Pricing
Join With Other Thinkers, Makers & Doers RSVP and Grab Your Ticket SLOWFLOWERSSUMMIT 2019
Early Bird Ticket Pricing Closes Dec. 31st
Here is a small gallery from the 2018 Slow Flowers Summit where Casey and I were speakers. We are pictured with Mud Baron’s Flowers on our Heads in the lower left frame.
As past Slow Flowers Summit speakers (2018 Washington D.C.), we are passionate supporters of the Slow Flowers Movement and we want you to know about a fantastic opportunity to take your seat at the 2019 Slow Flowers Summit with a $100 discount price if you register before Dec. 31st, 2019. The Slow Flowers Summit is a “Ted Talk for Flower Lovers,” and it takes place July 1 & 2 in 2019 in St. Paul Minnesota. More details here:You’re Invited
The Slow Flowers Summit’s Goal is to:
Join flower lovers like yourself on July 1 & 2, 2019, and be part of this compelling and profound experience with kindred spirits in the progressive floral marketplace
Your Ticket Includes:
All-Day Monday, July 1st Program with 5 Presentations+ 10 Fabulous Speakers
Light Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Cocktail Reception
Floral Design Demonstrations
Interactive Floral Installation
Tuesday Morning, July 2nd Program at Twin Cities Flower Exchange
A rendering of the London Skyline with “The Tulip”. Photo: Courtesy of DBOX for Foster and Partners
From Vogue.com — “Like the Freedom Tower did for New York City and the Oriental Pearl Tower did for Shanghai, a new building might soon change the London skyline forever. British architectural firm Foster + Partners have submitted a plan for a 1,000-foot tall skyscraper with a 360-degree view of the city. Named “The Tulip” because of its floral structure, it would sit next to The Gherkin, also known as 30 St Mary Axe, another famous London structure by the same designers.”
Flower Book Review
Flower Book Recommendations — Gifts for the Season Ideas
A beautiful bouquet for your bookshelf is waiting to burst forth! More than 50 flowers will delight you in this unique book that transforms into art. View each variety in relief as you read the key characteristics of the species, described by an expert botanist. You’ll find both well-known and exotic specimens from around the globe! Once the paper press-outs are complete, you’ll have a botanical scene worthy of display on your bookshelf as an art piece. Makes a lovely gift for gardeners and art lovers alike.
From Amazon: “Every day, Honey tends her garden, thinning the lettuces, pulling up beets, and even singing to the kale. (Honey says if you listen carefully, you can hear the kale singing back!) Laurel, the little girl who lives next door, likes to help, weeding the rows, washing vegetables under the pump, and gathering speckled eggs from the chicken coop. But one day there is a FORSALE sign in Honey’s front yard. Honey’s mother is sick, and she is moving away! What will happen to Honey’s garden? And what will Laurel do without her friend? Here is a touching story that beautifully illustrates how friendship—just like a garden—grows.”
Flower Duet offers a generous wedding package including a trip to the LA Flower Mart and a mockup design of the wedding vision. Check out the details on our Wedding Flowers page. If you are coming to the Los Angeles area for your wedding, we are your Los Angeles wedding destination florist!